M&M's is debuting 3 amazing new flavors

We’re still over here dreaming about the Orange Vanilla Cream M&M’s—so good—but M&M’s is already thinking up fresh new flavors. Look out for candy-coated chocolates with a side of jalapeño heat!

You read that right. Because regular ol’ peanut M&M’s and sweet-meets-salty is so “been there, ate that,” Mars has upped the ante with a Mexican Jalapeño flavor.

What are the new M&M’s flavors?

Hot peppers not your thing? No problem. The flavorful M&M’s release includes three equally delectable options:

  • Mexican Jalapeño Peanut
  • Thai Coconut Peanut
  • English Toffee Peanut

The internationally inspired flavors will only be available as peanut M&M’s, and are expected to hit the shelf in early 2019, though the company remains hush-hush on specifics.

We’re divided about the Mexican Jalapeño M&M’s

We’re especially obsessed with the Mexican Jalapeño M&M’s, which look tempting with bright yellow and dark green candy shells. It’s going to be sweet and crunchy with a subtle spicy bite; an intriguing taste that might have us sprinkling out one handful of Mexican Jalapeño M&M’s after another. But then again—maybe not. We’ll see!

Why your opinion matters

While we’re on the lookout for an official release date, make plans to conduct an informal taste test at home. 

The new M&M’s are limited-edition flavors, and Mars plays close attention to which ones people love. Can’t get enough of that Thai coconut and milk chocolate combo? Tempted by all things English toffee-inspired? You will be able to cast your vote, making sure it stays on the shelf.

We’ll be doing a repeat of our taste test with the 2018 flavors for “research purposes.” Until the new M&M’s flavors are available, we’ll make do with a batch of tasty M&M’s cookies.

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Dentists reveal the worst Halloween candy for your teeth

CHEWY CANDIES

The reason candy, in general, is harmful to teeth is that bacteria in the mouth burn the sugar, creating acid as a byproduct, explains Matthew Messina, DDS, spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA). The acid then dissolves tooth enamel, which is what causes cavities. Chewy candies, including gummy candies and taffy, are among the worst offenders because they linger and stick around in your mouth, giving them additional time to cause tooth decay. Not to mention some are sticky and strong enough to pull out a filling, bridge, or braces. Opt for one of these healthy Halloween candies instead.

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CARAMELS

Caramels are another sticky offender because they stick to teeth—not to mention expensive dental appliances like orthodontics. Like other sweets, caramels are best enjoyed after a meal and brushing and flossing immediately after eating limits the amount of time the stickiness sticks around in your mouth. Check out the best and worst candy as ranked by a nutritionist.  

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SOUR AND CITRUS-FLAVORED CANDIES

Sour candies have grown in popularity over the years; and they are bad for teeth on two fronts. They contain both sugar and acid, according to Dr. Messina. Like other candies, limit how many sour candies and lemony sweets you or your child enjoys in order to prevent long-term damage any day of the year. When you brush, make sure to avoid these common teeth-brushing mistakes.

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HARD CANDIES

Hard candies may be a Halloween favorite, but suckers and lollipops actually do more harm than you might realize. Because they are meant to be enjoyed slowly, hard candies and their cousins on a stick linger longer, making it difficult for your saliva to do its job and causing acid to build up in the mouth. Making sure that you properly care for your teeth as soon as the candy is gone can help prevent cavities. Ready for a fright? See exactly how many calories are in your favorite Halloween candy.

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